Furmint

Name of varietal: Furmint

Common synonyms: Most common are Sipon, Mosler, Moslavac Bijeli and Zapfner with dozens more derivations of those spellings.

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to either Hungary or Italy

History of the grape: Exact details of Furmint’s origins are a bit murky. It is known that Hungarian King Bela IV ordered the planting of Furmint after most of the country’s vineyards were devastated by the Mongolian invasion in the 13th century. Whether the grape originated there before or was brought over from northern Italy during this mass replanting is unclear. The name of the grape derives from the word “froment,” part of the Latin “fromentum,” meaning “wheat,” (referring to its golden-tan color). What we know for sure is this is the primary blending grape of the spectacular Hungarian dessert wine, Tokaji (along with a small percentage of Harslevelue and sometimes Muscat). Its thin skins make it highly susceptible to Botrytis cinerea Read more »

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  • Evolucio Furmint 2013

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    Binny's 5/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Hetszolo Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos 2003

    Snoothrank:

    Wow - a true star of the night. Where as the Kono was reserved and elegant this was forward and seductive. A rich amber in the glass. The bursts with honey, jammy apricot, left over hot caramel toffe, citruss and spice. On the palate this just plain sucks you in. The acidity cuts through the sweetness and with the cinnamon spice provides and cle... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Al, ordering from Limerick Lane is a no-brainer.  The worst LL wine I have ... the reds.  I bought the Furmint, last year, and while it was good, I'd just as soon allocate the $ to red wine this time around.  Translation:  the white wine expert in this house was not impressed with it to the point that she would ask for it.  It's funny.  That sa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Searching for a new wine grape to spice things up this spring? We’ve got ... you already met? Her name is Furmint, and she hails from Hungary. You may remember Furmint from your last glass of Tokaji, Hungary’s famed sweet wine. As you would suspect, the grape is late-ripening and prone to botrytis. Thus her dry manifestations are all the more ... Read More

    From the article The Next Great Chapter in Your Wine Story: Furmint


  • Evolucio Furmint 2013

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    Lovely - crisp, vibrant, bracing. Had this beginning lunch. Medium mouthfeel and weight, but perfect as a starter. Did not have with food, but suspect this one would work wonderfully with food, just as it does alone. For the price or much higher, an incredible value. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Just reading about this producer, obviously a question for GregT, and maybe ... ... producer.The 2012 Dry Furmint also gets good marks on CT thus far and Rare Wine also stocks a few of their offerings, another good sign!Also bought my first Hungarian wines today from Blue Danube, in what feels like much too long (probably 2 years).2008 Attila... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hungary: Kiralyudvar, Gere, etc.


  • I'm with GregT that any sweet wine needs to have some zip.  Botrytis ... starts with good acid, like furmint, chenin blanc, and the like.  I like grenache, although I usually like higher acids, albeit in my whites a bit more than my reds; grenache just isn't one of those high acid grapes, so I don't know if I would ever jump on it as a dessert... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...


  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...


  • Dessert wines are often saved for the winter holidays when we tend to linger at ... from three grape varieties: Furmint, Hárslevel and Muscat de Lunel. The winemaking process itself has changed little over the centuries. The grapes shriveled by botrytis (aszú) are hand harvested individually and crushed into a thick, syrupy paste. This paste is... Read More

    From the article The Sweet Taste of Summer


  • Evolucio Tokaj Furmint 2012

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    Lovely little white wine had with lunch at Marcello's. Dry, crisp, and bright. Just under-ripe peach and apricot, with bits of green apple, citrus, and herbs. At this price point...crazy Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Is there anywhere in the United States that sells furmint vines? pavel314@comcast.net

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